SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —
California swore in its first Latina chief deputy superintendent
of public instruction on Wednesday.
Lupita Cortez Alcalá was sworn in during a ceremony at the
California Board of Education meeting in Sacramento.
Cortez Alcalá was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and grew up in
California. In school, she was an English learner and had to
repeat kindergarten after failing the first time. Cortez Alcalá
eventually attended UC San Diego for her bachelor’s degree and
got her master’s from Harvard University.